Doug Flicker Shows Food Is Art in Beautiful Short Film [VIDEO]

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Daniel Cummings
Doug Flicker says he's merely a line cook in Daniel Cummings's short documentary, Lost in Thought

A quick poll: Raise your hand if you plan to travel to the top 10 restaurants in the world anytime soon.


Right, only in our dreams. But local filmmaker Daniel Cummings thinks culinary art needn't be limited to our sense of taste. He's letting diners experience world-class food another way.

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Marvel Bar Mixologist Pip Hanson Releases Album

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Pip Hanson can mix a mean cocktail as well as a tasty groove

Nobody can just have one hustle these days, can they? We already know that Marvel Bar's Pip Hanson is one of the most serious barmen in the city. He learned his craft in Tokyo from bartenders who have been doing old-timey cocktails since before that was a thing, even in Brooklyn. But a rock star too? Turns out Hanson has a musical bent that goes beyond the clink of ice cubes in a glass.

Hanson says 2007 was the most difficult year of his life. He was living in Tokyo, feeling lonely and isolated in that metropolis. Between working different jobs and internships he didn't have much time to do anything when he got home except get ready for bed.

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Want Free Beer? Here, Water This Tree


In the last week or so eagle-eyed Minneapolis residents may have noticed an enticing offer tagged to their neighborhood tree. Water a tree... beer for free. Yep, you read that right.

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How to Get In On the Off-the-Menu Surprises at Spoon and Stable

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Spoon and Stable
Special off-the-menu ramen at Spoon and Stable

Chefs are known for treating other industry folk to zany, off-menu treats not specifically marketed with the general public in mind. Spoon and Stable has promised a rotating program of late-night surprises, such as a recent 20-orders-only batch of ramen, served after 10 p.m. at their very of-the-moment North Loop restaurant.

So how can you get your hands on some?

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Pipeline Confections Can Turn Anything Into a Cookie


"I pretty much think of everything in cookie terms," says Holly Lowe of Pipeline Custom Cookie Bakery. She says she grew up in a house with an avid baker for a mom and a cartoonist for a dad, and inevitably for her the two talents mind-melded.

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New Digs for Prohibition Kombucha

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The kombucha company inspired by founder Nate Uri's four months on the wagon (he was bored and needed a bevie to quell the cravings) has landed a 5,300-square foot Seward warehouse space, where they'll be able to increase their production five-fold.

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Forget Pub Crawls: The Twin Cities Donut Crawl Is Here

On November 8, donut fiends will crawl through the streets, leaving a trail of sugary glaze behind them.

If there's one thing we can say about donut fans, it's that they're diehard. Something in those rings of deep-fried dough inspires a fiercely obsessive hunger that somehow makes triple the daily sugar allowance totally acceptable as breakfast.

Mind you, we aren't complaining. We'll follow those trail-glazing donut devotees wherever they may lead, so long as it's someplace with an exceptional lineup of the goods: cake, raised, filled, and iced. And soon enthusiasts will shepherd locals on a journey just like that -- a quick tour of a few of the finest donuts in the Twin Cities.

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What Happens When Musicians Try to Cook? The Halfway Cooks Show [VIDEO]

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The Halfway Cooks Crew

In the back room of Spyhouse coffee shop in Uptown, the group of friends who make up the Halfway Cooks cooking show gather around a table, most likely annoying any patrons looking for a quiet study spot. Project manager Darien Washington shares a story of how he once got a parking ticket from an attendant.

"That's why I removed my windshield wipers," says videographer Jake Astle. "That way they can't give me a ticket."

At this table, it's best to put on your listening ears and let the crew talk. Each member is a character, and each is trying to outdo the others in jokes. Much of that humor comes through in the group's work. Their first video features hip-hop artists Toki Wright and Big Cats cooking up some "Pad Thai Rad Thai" and sharing the stories behind their music.

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A Memphis Native Reviews the Memphis Menu at Tiny Diner

Hannah Sayle

Look, Memphis isn't an "it" city. Its population is declining, it's been ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States, and outside of the South, people routinely pass over it for its rival to the east, Nashville, or Nashvegas, or whatever nickname hipsters trot out as they unpack their stupid acoustic guitars and try on their first stupid pair of cowboy boots.

But Memphis has it together when it comes to a few things -- our music (Sun Studio, Stax, Graceland), our food (barbecue, fried chicken, barbecue) -- and so when Tiny Diner announced its rotating menu would feature some Memphis-inspired dishes, this particular Memphian-cum-Minneapolitan got a little giddy. As an old friend used to say, "It was on like a pot of neck bones."

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Weekend Pop-Up to Try: Black Walnut Bakery at One on One

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Espresso shortbread

We've been waxing poetic about Sarah Botcher's pastries since she first started Black Walnut Bakery in 2013. After a brief hiatus earlier this year, Botcher is back with a pop-up bakery at One on One bike and coffee shop, and if you know what's good for your pastry-loving, bread-fiending palate, you'll head to the North Loop to snag some of Botcher's baked goods tomorrow.

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